Three Kings and a Full House (includes video)

Forgive me for not sharing this with you sooner, but I was experiencing a few technical difficulties.

On January 6th, we celebrate Dia de Los Santos Reyes (Three Kings Day).  It is the big gift-giving holiday in Mexico.  In some parts, its even bigger than Christmas.  But as the name of the holiday suggests, the gift bearers are the Reyes Magos (The Magi or Wisemen), who go by the names Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar.  And instead of hanging a Christmas stocking on the fireplace, the children of Mexico leave their shoes by their beds for them to be filled with presents. 

Just as we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, we celebrate Dia de Los Santos Reyes the night before.  The entire family gathers at my in-law's home for our favorite part of the holiday, the Rosca de Reyes (Kings Bread). 

The Rosca de Reyes, is a bread wreath, beautifully adorned with dried fruits to resemble a king's crown.  Tucked inside the bread are small dolls, made of either plastic or porcelain, representing El Niño Dios (The Christ Child).  The hidden Niño Dios is symbolic of when Jesus was hidden from Herod's decree to kill all male babies.

Whoever uncovers El Niño Dios in their slice of Rosca, must provide the tamales for El Dia de La Candelaria on February 2nd.  (This is the celebration of when the Virgin Mary presented Jesus in the church.)

We always have such a great time with the Rosca de Reyes, that I've posted a video to share with you. 




With Love,



10 comments:

  1. That is one of the nicest home movies that I have ever seen!

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  2. Like I posted on Face Book, I loved this movie. Thank you!

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  3. How blessed you are to have such a loving family! These are the memories that stay with you forever!

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  4. Great video, Leslie! Glad you were able to upload to Youtube.

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  5. Beautiful video Leslie, thanks for sharing!

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  6. How fantastic. The whole thing looks so amazing. I am so glad that you had such a great time. And thanks for all of the information. I had no idea about some of the details.

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  7. Yes Loosing some teeth makes me look at my child and think where has the time gone. Its slipping away so fast. My first born is growing up. How are things there in Mexico. I am thinking of traveling in June but have some concerns about the heat.

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  8. What an awesome family and great memories!!!

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  9. Adriana Esqueda
    Leslie, que bonita familia. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tradition.

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